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Day 5, Paris

La Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie, Le Sacre Coeur, boat tour on Seine

sunny 22 °C

After our first day, we decided that it was much harder to get around in Paris due to the language barrier. When looking at the travel book, all of the sites are in French, so it's hard to find, "art museum." That's when we decided to SOS our US based French tour guides (Holly and Matt) to determine what our must sees should be during our short stay.

Armed with good info, we started our day at La Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie. We were in awe of the beautiful stain glass and history.

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From there, we trained it to Le Sacre Coeur and hiked to the top. It was very popular and we were among very few not praying inside the cathedral. After the cathedral, we walked back down into the city and found some lunch. I found a great deal on pizza at a shady little spot, but Megan held out for somethign not containing cheese and bread (pain and fromage). We got on the train, with my pizza in hand, and successfully pissed off my first Frenchman. He shifted seats on the train after getting a few wiffs of my pizza and complaned to his new friend on the train.

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We then found ourselves in the mood for a little boat tour...we researched in our book and found one that was recommended and not too far from where we were. It went up and down the river Seine pointing out all the historic buildings and points of interest. From the boat, we had the best view of the Eiffel Tower so far!!! It was relaxing and definitely a nice excuse to get off our feet for an hour and a half!!

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We walked back to the Metro and headed for the hotel. We cleaned up and got ready for dinner in the Latin Quarter. Megan had seen q number of fondue plqces qnd thought thqt sounded like a good idea. Fortunately, there was one not too far away (kind of a joke, since basically any ethnicity of food you could think of is within two blocks of our hotel!)

After dinner we hit the internet cafe and gelato stand. It has become quite the habit.....both, the gelato and the "after dinner internet session".

Posted by mzimmer75 14:07 Archived in France Tagged family_travel

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